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Physical properties of small bodies from Atens to TNOs
Chapman, C. R.
Asteroids, Comets, Meteors, Proceedings of the 229th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union held in Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil August 7-12, 2005, Edited by D. Lazzaro, S. Ferraz-Mello & J.A. Fernández. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006., pp.3-16
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Properties of small, heliocentric bodies in the solar system share many attributes because of their small sizes, yet vary in other ways because of their different locations of formation and the diverse subsequent evolutionary processes that have affected them. Our insights concerning their properties range from highly detailed knowledge of a few specific bodies (like Eros), to rich knowledge about unspecific bodies (meteorite parent bodies), to no knowledge at all (other than existence and rough limits on size) concerning much smaller and/or more distant bodies. Today's state of learning about physical properties of TNOs is analogous to that for main-belt asteroids 35 years ago. This invited review attempts to elucidate linkages and differences concerning these populations from the highly heterogeneous data sets, emphasizing basic properties (size, shape, spin, density, metal/rock/ice, major mineralogy, presence of satellites) rather than the highly detailed knowledge we have of a few bodies or their dynamical properties. The conclusion is that there are vital interrelationships among these bodies that reinforce the precept that guided the original ACM meetings, namely that we should all think about small bodies in an integrated way, not just about subsets of them, whether divided by size, composition, or location.

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